OK, everybody who has had a beef with how expensive the cumulative content is for Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online is — now you can’t complain about the cost any more. That’s because Standing Stone Games just announced that it’s going to be making a huge chunk of the content to date free for everyone who is currently playing.DDO and LOTRO, extending it twice (with its current end date set at August 31st). Apparently this promo has proven to be so successful in drawing and retaining players that SSG is prepared to give all players a “coupon code” at the end of summer that will unlock all non-expansion zone quests forever.
“To clarify, the coupon code includes the quests that are not considered part of an expansion pack quest content,” SSG said on LOTRO’s forums. “That’s why there is a difference there. So the coupon code will grant you quest zones like Evendim, Eriador, the Gondor regions, but not for example Isengard, Moria, Rohan, etc. Hope that helps.”
Happily, the studio also said that it’ll make many of the non-recent expansions and instance clusters for these games available in the store in the future for a buck each (or via earnable in-game currency, which means you can easily earn those for free).
Additionally, both games are upgrading their subscription plans with more benefits. DDO is adding a scaling XP boost, while LOTRO is granting a vendor that’ll give characters access to town services and two useful buffs.